Special Needs

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Since most of the projects' description don't detail this respect, this section is addressed to people with special needs who are interested in participating in the program YOUTH. Its aim is to offer specific information coming from the experts of the National Agencies and members of the organizations about details concerning the different projects, the adaptation of their installations, and the kind of activities that they carry out.

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Here you find different links with a wide range of information relevant to the disability issue. The links refer to the locations around the world, so you should consider to take a look at them before going traveling.

Association of Disabled Students (ADS) is a non-government organization dealing with improving the position of young people and students with disabilities and their integration into society.

Purpose: To coordinate and initiate joint Nordic research and development within the area of visual impairment. To develop a research- and development network on a joint Nordic level, through which initiatives can be shared, and to facilitate, support and supervise new research and development. An important part of the network is to facilitate and cooperation and establish coordination between relevant, corresponding initiatives and groups of professionals within the field of visual impairment in Scandinavia.

This is the official website of the European Year of People with Disabilities 2003. With a calendar of activities in this framework

The UN World Health Organization provides this typology of different abilities and disabilities in several languages. The website contains checklists, training materials and a beginners guide

EDF is a European umbrella organization representing more than 37 million disabled people in Europe. Its mission is to ensure disabled citizens' full access to fundamental and human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation in the European Union.

The mission of Mobility International is to empower people with disabilities around the world through international exchange, information, technical assistance and training, and to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange and development programmes (there used to be a European branch of Mobility International)

DPI is a Human Rights organisation committed to ensuring that disabled people across the world are able to achieve full participation, self determination, integration and equalisation of opportunity.

Serves self-help organizations of disabled people who work for equal opportunities, self-determination and self-respect. With extensive library, partner organization search, vacation home exchange, disability radio, personal assistants network and exchange, forums, etc

A collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education - links grouped per disability or per issue (psychology, legal, products, parents, etc)

A non-profit organization campaigning for the rights and interest of people with intellectual disability and their families throughout Europe
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Two sites full of information, online community and links to more sites - one site for teens, the other for the less young

A unique directory of accessible leisure pursuits, holidays and travel, transport, mobility products and daily living services for disabled people, their families and friends

A Canadian website full of links to resources on the web for people with a disability - categorized on key words such as Youth, Travel, Sexuality, Housing, etc

A bimonthly web zone of international disability news and views

WheelchairNet is a virtual community for wheelchair technology and its improvement. The website contains resources such as a bibliographic databases, a series of slide lectures, article reprints and an active discussion area. WheelchairNet's purpose is to serve the information needs of anyone interested in wheeled mobility

Young people with disabilities taken to the ski slopes, mountain trails and golf links to learn more about sports- and themselves. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches, a variety of summer and winter sports to individuals with almost any mental or physical disability

Provides comparative information about special (formal) education in the 18 participating countries (EU, EFTA, some PECO countries), as well as in-depth country specific information and contact details. With many publications and a newsletter

A resource for anyone looking for useful information on disability today

Find out about cerebral palsy, types of cerebral palsy, Q & A, history of cerebral palsy, glossary, statistics, resources etc.

The association works for the social integration and personal development of young people with impaired hearing in informal conditions through activities such as art, educational programmes, ecological awareness, etc

Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift have spent the last 20 years working to ensure that people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in schools, workplaces, and communities. A site about 'advocacy' with links, articles, etc

To assist in the promotion of effective measures for prevention of disability, rehabilitation and the realization of the goals of full participation of disabled persons in social life and development and of equality

Disability Awareness Training, Education and Consultancy. Featuring thousands of Disability Links for Individuals and Community Organizations

SALTO Links about Inclusion of Young People with Less Opportunities

A government department dealing with education at all levels and providing skills training for adult learners.

A government department responsible for delivering support and advice through a modern network of services to people of working age, employers, pensioners, families and children and disabled people. It includes information about services and benefits for disabled people and their carers.

A government department responsible for improving people's health and well-being. This site gives you the latest information about the Department and its work. It also offers you easy access to a wide range of publications and guidance.

DCS provides an impartial person to act as mediator to help resolve disputes between disabled people and service providers. This service is voluntary and a disabled person who wishes to take legal action is not obliged to use it. Referral to the DCS is made via the disability Rights Commission.

An independent body that advises the government on the transport needs of disabled people. It also provides advice on the built environment.

An independent body, established by Act of Parliament to eliminate discrimination against disabled people and promote equality and opportunity.

This page contains a number of links to useful organisations and sites.

A site offering practical advice to businesses on a wide range of equality issues.

Manages and regulates the use of all information produced by the government that is protected by Crown copyright.

A section of the Ministry of Defence that recruits graduate engineers and scientists into different departments within the MOD.

A unit of the Department for Transport dedicated to achieving policies and provision for public transport users, pedestrians and motorists that are acceptable, accessible, available, affordable and secure.
A government site giving information about this scheme created to help disabled people into work by closing the gap between the skills employers want and the skills people can offer.

Provides a wide range of quality products and services to its customers, and creates good employment opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities.

These colleges help unemployed adults with disabilities, particularly those at risk of exclusion from the job market, to secure and sustain employment or self-employment. They are located throughout the country.

The Stationery Office publishes on behalf of the UK's Parliaments and assemblies and is the UK's definitive source of official and regulatory information.

A centre for special educational needs offering a range of advice and materials for teachers, parents and others interested in working with children with special education needs.

An executive agency within the Department for Transport (DfT), UK Government. Our primary aim is to contribute to the improvement of road safety and environmental standards.

The national jobs and learning site.

Also take a look at the list of Disability Organisations in Europe.